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Press release 24/09/2018

Part 4 of the Civil Liability (Amendment) Act 2017

Part 4 of the Civil Liability (Amendment) Act 2017

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The Government is introducing Part 4 of the Civil Liability (Amendment) Act 2017 (protective provisions for open disclosure) on Saturday 22 September 2018.

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Press release 18/09/2018

Senior healthcare leaders appointed to lead Medical Protection Society

Senior healthcare leaders appointed to lead Medical Protection Society

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Two senior doctors will shortly take up leadership roles at the Medical Protection Society (MPS). Professor Dame Jane Dacre will serve as President and Mr Ian Eardley as the new Chair of MPS Council.

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Press release 20/06/2018

MPS comment on Government’s response to Sir Norman Williams Review of...

MPS comment on Government’s response to Sir Norman Williams Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter in healthcare

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Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Education Services Lead at MPS comments on the Government’s response to Sir Norman Williams Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter in healthcare.

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Press release 14/05/2018

The Welsh Government has announced its intention to introduce a state...

The Welsh Government has announced its intention to introduce a state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity, for GPs in Wales

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Simon Kayll, CEO at the Medical Protection Society (MPS), commented on the Welsh Government's announcement of its intention to introduce a state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity, for GPs in Wales

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Press release 02/05/2018

MPS works with NICE to revise cauda equina syndrome red flags

MPS works with NICE to revise cauda equina syndrome red flags

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The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has been instrumental in a revision to the NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) red flag symptoms for cauda equina syndrome. The changes will help healthcare professionals diagnose the condition and make referrals earlier, enabling prevention of irreversible nerve damage and disability.

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Press release 05/04/2018

Unfair disciplinary procedures in NHS Trusts must be tackled to aid s...

Unfair disciplinary procedures in NHS Trusts must be tackled to aid shift to open learning culture

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Inconsistent and unfair disciplinary procedures in NHS Trusts across England must be addressed if we are to make a shift from a culture of fear in healthcare, to one of openness and learning, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today.

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Press release 28/03/2018

MPS response to Dr Bawa-Garba appeal news

MPS response to Dr Bawa-Garba appeal news

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MPS comments on the news that Dr Bawa-Garba's appeal has been granted

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Press release 20/03/2018

Fairer system for setting discount rate in England and Wales is welco...

Fairer system for setting discount rate in England and Wales is welcome news

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Justice Secretary David Gauke has unveiled plans to introduce the Civil Liability Bill to parliament. The new Bill includes changes to the way the discount rate is set.

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Press release 13/03/2018

English law on gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare must move...

English law on gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare must move towards Scottish position

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The law that is applied in gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) cases in healthcare should move towards Scotland’s comparable offence of Culpable Homicide, where charges are only brought against doctors if an act is proved to be intentional, reckless or grossly careless, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today.

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Press release 07/03/2018

MPS response to David Sellu MPTS outcome

MPS response to David Sellu MPTS outcome

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The MPTS has concluded that the GMC’s allegations against surgeon David Sellu, whose gross negligent manslaughter case was quashed in November 2016, are not proved.

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Press release 23/02/2018

New defences for pharmacists who make accidental medication errors sh...

New defences for pharmacists who make accidental medication errors should be extended to doctors

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Commenting on the announcement that the Department of Health and Social Care will look at new measures to tackle medication errors, Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at the Medical Protection Society, said...

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Press release 15/02/2018

Commitment to fixed recoverable costs scheme is welcomed

Commitment to fixed recoverable costs scheme is welcomed

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The Government has announced that an expert group will be formed to work on introducing a new cap on the amount of costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The proposed cap will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and will help to save the NHS up to £45 million a year.

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Press release 09/02/2018

PHE antibiotics campaign welcomed by GPs but a third still experience...

PHE antibiotics campaign welcomed by GPs but a third still experience anger over prescriptions

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While nearly 70% of GPs in England say the ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign is useful, almost a third (32%) say they still frequently experience anger or frustration from patients when advised that antibiotics are not needed, according to a snapshot survey by the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

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Press release 06/02/2018

GMC should remain dedicated regulator in reform plans but opportunity...

GMC should remain dedicated regulator in reform plans but opportunity for improvement must be seized

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While there is need for significant improvements to the GMC’s Fitness to Practise processes, and the legal framework which underpins regulation, the GMC should remain the dedicated regulator of the medical profession, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today.

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Press release 06/02/2018

MPS: Government review into how gross negligence manslaughter is appl...

MPS: Government review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare is important and timely

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Jeremy Hunt MP has announced an urgent review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare, following concerns around the Dr Bawa-Garba case.

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Press release 31/01/2018

MPS: Crowdfunding appeal for Dr Bawa-Garba is testament to the streng...

MPS: Crowdfunding appeal for Dr Bawa-Garba is testament to the strength of feeling across the profession

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Commenting on the Crowdfunding appeal for Dr Bawa Garba - Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at the Medical Protection Society (MPS), said...

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Press release 30/01/2018

E-portfolios remain an important part of a doctor’s professional deve...

E-portfolios remain an important part of a doctor’s professional development

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Commenting on the concerns around e-portfolios, following the judgement on the Dr Bawa-Garba case – Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at Medical Protection said...

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Press release 25/01/2018

MPS response to judgement on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba vs GMC

MPS response to judgement on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba vs GMC

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The High Court has handed down the judgement of the case of Dr Bawa Garba Vs the GMC. The judgement concludes that Dr Bawa Garba should be erased from the medical register.

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Press release 17/01/2018

Medical Protection responds to the GMC’s ‘State of Medical Education...

Medical Protection responds to the GMC’s ‘State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK’ 2015 report

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Medical Protection welcomes the insights which can be drawn from the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK’ 2015 report.1 The report highlighted that of 2,750 complaints that the GMC investigated in 2014, 1,428 closed without further action. This means that more than half of all complaints that the GMC investigated closed with no further action on the practitioner. It was also reported that the average GMC case length was 6.2 months.

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Press release 21/12/2017

Fear of legal action impacting on way GPs practise

Fear of legal action impacting on way GPs practise

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A significant number of GPs say the fear of being sued is a major factor in their decisions to order more tests, make more referrals or prescribe medication – according to survey results published by a leading medical protection organisation.

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Press release 19/12/2017

MPS response to GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report

MPS response to GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report

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The General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice 2017 report has been published today. Commenting, Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at the Medical Protection Society, said: “This report shows that the vast majority of GMC investigations are closed without action, the end result being that over a thousand doctors go through a needless, stressful and slow process each year...

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Press release 08/12/2017

MPS sets out key asks to Government to ensure new indemnity scheme me...

MPS sets out key asks to Government to ensure new indemnity scheme meets GP’s needs

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The Government should aim to provide absolute clarity on what and who will be covered in the new state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in England, and ensure the scheme is set up in doctors’ interests, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) told the Westminster Health Forum.

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